Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas

Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, Lima

Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas

Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas
4.5
History Museums • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:15 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:15 PM
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This church and monastery of St. Francis (circa 1674) is known for its catacombs that contain the remains of more than 70,000 people and a magnificent library that houses thousands of antique texts.
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Lynn
7 contributions
Fascinating tour of a well-preserved historic site. Loved the glimpses of 17th century monastic life. Architectural highlights include the library, courtyard, and a pretty impressive staircase. The guide pointed out the dates on the imported Spanish tile (early 17th century) but didn't show us the places where faux tile was painted on the walls (which was also very cool). The ossuary was interesting but a little bit offputting, since the bones were apparently arranged just for us tourists when the convent was converted to a museum. Overall, though, this was a highlight in a city full of beautiful surprises.
Written June 19, 2022
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Tigri
Hong Kong, China84 contributions
Couples
This is a must to learn more about the history of colonial Peru, it houses some fascinating antiquities, beautiful architecture and an acquisitive collection of Rubens. However, our guide rushed us and we were unable to fully appreciate this specific gallery - we tried to return at the end of our tour but were told this was not possible without a guide, which was a huge disappointment. Would recommend others to take their time and let your guide wait since you won't have an opportunity to return.

Also, while I don't mean to be unfair, our guide's English was not very good and so we felt we missed some important points. For these reasons, we give a 4 out of 5.

Nonetheless, it is a great place to visit and get a sense of the religious history of Lima...just perhaps 'check' your guide's English ability before you start and if not convinced wait for the next group.
Written January 8, 2020
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Hayli H
Boston, MA15 contributions
I thought this was a very interesting experience. The tour guide was knowledgeable and shared a lot of cool facts. I just wish she had a microphone so I could hear her better. They're still wearing masks in Peru so its very hard to hear anything if youre not standing right next to the guide. I didn't feel comfortable going down the catacombs to see the bones and all of that but my friend went and said it was pretty cool. Overall something cool to do if youre in the area.
Written May 27, 2022
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Stijnionio
5 contributions
Solo
Pretty average museum showing typical stuff like murals and Catholic paintings. Not the best I've seen. I was pretty excited about seeing the catacombs, after having seen those in Paris. However, these catacombs were a bit disappointing, especially when the guide told us the bones had been arranged this way by archeologists for touristic reasons. Our guide Celia provided good information and her English was very good, although her text did sound very memorized. It's weird that the museum does not allow photos.
Written July 2, 2022
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Las Buganvillas
Cartagena, Colombia797 contributions
The church San Francisco is very beautiful (aways check opening times), but it is really Santo Domingo Convent which will take your breath away. There are several outstanding features. Fist all the patio is covered with beautiful tiles. Then there are several large spaces built in Mudejar style, reminding us of influence of Arab culture during ist long conquest of Spain. The library with some 20,000 manuscripts in many languages is all preserved also online, so everybody can get a permission to check the relevant sources. Lastly, these monks obviously had high connections because there are numerous paintings from Rubens´workshop and an equal number of those of followers of Zurbaran.
Youa re not allowed to do an unaccompanied tour: you have to have a guide.
Written January 1, 2020
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Tony Mongrut
Lima, Peru18 contributions
This is one of the most visited churches of Lima, for many reasons, First, it has the catacombs underground, which is like a museum, full of mystery and history. Second , the Church of San Francisco has not been remodeled, It is like visiting a place from two centuries ago! and Third, once you visit this place, you can have more fun, visiting The Park of the wall!, its name has to do with some discoveries from the times of the colony, with a museum and a safe walking place, needless to say, you should be very casual, in sneakers and jeans, to feel comfortable. Oh, I forgot to mention that it is two blocks from Armas Square, The Cathedral of Lima and The Government Palace, and one block from a chocolate place, I say that, because you will know a lot about our cocoa beans, and try some desserts made of it, So it is worth spending one day here.!
Written March 1, 2020
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sandy c
Copenhagen, Denmark596 contributions
I may not be a church-goer, but as an art lover, I have to say this church is superb. If you're not a religious type, you'll still find the craftsmanship astonishing. Photography is discouraged- this is somebody's sacred place after all.
Written March 24, 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada10,084 contributions
We visited this church on our walking tour of old Lima and thus were possibly not able to give it the attention that it deserves. For example, we were unable to tour the catacombs.
It really is quite beautiful inside and obviously well constructed, as it has survived numerous serious earthquakes. It is one of the most visited churches in South America, but I did not think it the most beautiful. However, it still a very beautiful church and worth a visit.
Written March 30, 2020
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Steven Mcguille
Pennsylvania14 contributions
What a lovely and beautiful place, with lots of history. Located at dowtown, this place was worth visiting, I was amazed by the amount of history that that place has. I was speechless everytime the tour guide talked to us, she was very knowledgeable! I f you like history, then you should go to this place!
Written October 29, 2020
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ7,759 contributions
Beautiful church dating to 1600s, damaged in 1650 earthquake, and completed in 1672. Original colorful tiles from Sevilla, Spain decorate the cloisters and patio. Library is home to centuries old manuscripts and books. Spooky catacombs display 15,000 remains. Inside the dome is an elaborate wooden latticework in a Moorish pattern. Didn't get to see the main Chapel & the famous Last Supper serving roasted guinea pigs. Regrettably, no photos allowed inside.
Written April 25, 2020
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